Work time schedule


Pursuant to the amendment to the Labor Code passed by the Sejm, it will be the obligation of entrepreneurs who use flexible working time to create a working time schedule. Pursuant to the new regulations, the working time settlement period will also be extended to one year.

The above provisions imply the introduction of a costly and time-consuming obligation to create detailed schedules of working time for employees. For an entrepreneur, it means the necessity to outsource additional work to human resources services or even to hire new people who will take care of this activity.

If the entrepreneur has the appropriate hardware, then of course creating such a schedule does not take too long. However, for companies that employ more people and do not have such programs, the time it takes to create a schedule is significantly longer. Schedules can be very burdensome also for employees who will not be able to change their working time at any time (with the consent of the employee).

Scheduling limits the flexibility of the work schedule. In periods of economic slowdown, with high uncertainty and volatility of orders, companies are not able to predict work even two weeks ahead. Schedules will undoubtedly stiffen the organization and planning of work. They must be prepared at least a month before the commencement of work, and the entrepreneur should deliver such a plan to the employee's own hands at least one week in advance.

The amendment does not impose an obligation to apply new solutions regarding the extension of the working time settlement period. In order to apply this provision, the consent of the trade unions operating in the company will be required. If the trade union organization does not express the required consent as to the extension of the settlement period or the introduction of flexible working hours, it will be impossible to apply these solutions.

If the unions do not agree, the entrepreneur will not be able to take advantage of the new regulation, which says that repeated work on the same day does not constitute overtime work.